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Museum of Underwater Archeology

Museum of Underwater Archeology

This is a lively, award-winning museum with several departments, that is definitely worth spending a few hours in. Exhibits include a shipwreck from 1400 BC, which is unique in the world. Don’t miss the fine collection of amphorae. The museum is located in St. Peter’s castle.
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Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The Mausoleum of Maussollosis one of the seven wonders of the ancient world still around. Few know what the mausoleum really looked like, but it is believed that the famous sculptor, Skopas, was responsible for parts of the decoration, but it was certainly extravagant. Today, the visitor can only see the remains of the building’s walls. Close by are the remains of the ancient theatre.
Didyma

Didyma

You do not need to be interested in ruins to take a trip to an archaeological site. En route, you will experience the countryside and the journey will take you through small towns and villages that you would otherwise have missed. A few kilometres from the holiday resort of Altinkum, in Yenihisar, lies Didyma, a great temple to Apollo. Didyma was a religious site and the oracle there was as famous as the oracle of Delphi. The temple was destroyed by the Persians around 400 BC, and the existing ruins date from Roman times. The remains of 120 columns give an indication of the size of the temple.
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Milas

Milas, about 50 km north-east of Bodrum, is an important carpet centre. Milas carpets are woven in soft tobacco colours. It’s a pleasant town to stroll around in, with good shopping in the bazaar. Prices are lower than in Bodrum.
Selçuk / Efesos

Selçuk / Efesos

This excavation is almost as remarkable as Pompeii, Italy. Ancient Ephesus had around 400,000 inhabitants. The first town was built around the temple of Artemis – another of the ancient worlds’ seven wonders. The ruins visible today are from the Roman era. The remains of the Temple of Artemis are outside the ruin area. On the hill above stands the cathedral of St John, where the evangelist is buried. St John is believed to have lived in Ephesus together with the Virgin Mary.
Boat Trips

Boat Trips

Bodrum harbour is full of gulets – traditional boats – that take visitors on long or short trips along the beautiful coastline. They are comfortable vessels with large rear decks and good cabins. Trips last from one to several days, and the captain is usually the cook. You can also rent a sailing boat with a crew for day trips or take a bathing boat to one of the beaches. There are small shady bays everywhere, sometimes with simple cafés on the beach.
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Pamukkale

Layers of limestone have created this impressive natural phenomenon, reminiscent of a glacier on ancient rock. Water runs constantly from one level to another on the remarkable terraces. Unfortunately, too many visitors have worn away the cliff and today most of the pools are closed to the public. Above Pamukkale lies the ancient Hierapolis, which was a great spa and health resort in Roman times.
Beach Life

Beach Life

The beaches of the Bodrum peninsula are excellent for diving and snorkelling, bathing boats or dolmus can take you to most of them. Bagla, on the south coast, has fine sandy beaches, but windsurfers usually prefer Gümbet. On the west coast, you can find good beaches at Akyar, Turgutreis, Gümuslük and Yalikavak. These are all small villages with fish restaurants and popular anchorages for sailors. In Karaada bay, there are caves with hot water springs.
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